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  1. Ronald Glossop October 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    Dear Jack,
    I am very pleased that you read my book on world federalism and that you are so involved with the new media technology (which at 82 years of age I am not). I still believe in books and hope that you will take a look at my CONFRONTING WAR (4th ed., 2001) with used copies available from Amazon, but make sure you get the 4th edition.
    I hope that you are aware of Citizens for Global Solutions as another organization formed in 2003 by merging the World Federalist Association and the Campaign for UN Reform). I just got back from their national convention in Washington DC where I learned about the exciting fact that there is now a new focus on helping to get public attention for the report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice, & Governance whose co-chairs are Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Ibrahim Gambari, former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs. It is a fantastic opportunity for world federalists that persons in such high positions have put out this report CONFRONTING THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE. We should use this chance to get top political leaders to pay attention to our ideas.
    I also want to mention that at the age of 48 I became an Esperantist because I wanted to be a world citizen who felt it is unjust to expect everyone one else in the world to use English which is the first language of only 5% of the world’s population. Esperanto is much easier to learn because it was designed to be completely phonetic, logical, and easy to learn. When I am communicating with others from Benin, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Russia, and so on I FEEL like a world citizen who is part of a real global community. Two lifelong very active Esperantists are Bill and Lucy Harmon who live right there in Oakland, California.
    Thank you for your involvement in this very important effort. Nothing is more important than developing better global governance for our threatened planetary community.
    Ronald Glossop, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

    • Jack Butler October 22, 2015 at 12:07 am #

      Dear Ronald,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write.

      I am not sure if you are aware of the Oxford University resource, Our World In Data (www.ourworldindata.org). It was a huge database of infographics showing national and global metatrends. For example, it looks at trends in violence over time and shows how we live in the least violent time in history. Most people seem to miss this fact and that interstate war, compared to history, is at an all-time low.

      I am aware of CGS and the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance, and am encouraged by its high level political leadership.

      I have long been aware of Esperanto and as a strong linguist have thought about engaging, but never have. I admire its aims. I am imagining that its adoption curve over the last century suggests it might not gain enough traction to serve as the global language?

      Here’s hoping we get some agreements in Paris later this year that are a step forward for our global community handling all-humanity challenges, even while we need to continue to go further.

      Thanks again for your attention and engagement, and your work.

      Love,
      Jack

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